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ascetic

Want to live an ascetic lifestyle? Then you better ditch the flat panel TV and fuzzy slippers. To be ascetic, you learn to live without; it's all about self-denial.

Ascetic is derived from the Greek asketes, meaning “monk,” or “hermit.” Later that became asketikos, meaning “rigorously self-disciplined,” which gives us the Modern English ascetic. Ascetic can be a noun: a person with incredible self-discipline and the ability to deprive herself, or an adjective that describes such a people or their lifestyle.

Definitions of ascetic
  1. noun
    someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline
    synonyms: abstainer
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    types:
    puritan
    someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
    stylite
    an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillars
    type of:
    religious person
    a person who manifests devotion to a deity
  2. adjective
    practicing great self-denial
    “"Be systematically ascetic...do...something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it"- William James”
    synonyms: ascetical, austere, spartan
    abstemious
    sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
  3. adjective
    pertaining to or characteristic of an ascetic or the practice of rigorous self-discipline
    ascetic practices”
    synonyms: ascetical
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